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Keys to Degrees and Two Generations of Success

My journey as a student parent started just over four years ago when I had my daughter, Saffy, in the fall of my senior year of high school.  morenext

Who created International Women’s Day?

Here's a little lesson in women's history for you: While International Women's Day was originally inspired by women garment and needle workers who marched in New York City in the 19th and early 20th century, the woman to suggest that such a day exist was from an entirely different continent.   morenext

Every day is International Women’s Day

Yesterday, we plotted, celebrated, and strategized on the future for women's rights and economic justice. Today, we want to make sure to continue the conversation -- because after all, every day is International Women's Day.  morenext

Drawing out connections across oceans

Too often, conversations about women’s issue that take place stateside are separated into two distinct camps—those that affect people in the United States, and those that affect people in every other country on the planet (as if it were still Pangea!).   morenext

What progress have we actually made? A pie chart experiment

Last night's dynamic panel was swimming around in my head as I fell asleep. Then, I woke up with this pie chart in my head.  morenext

What would a #womenforward syllabus look like?

Tonight at the kick-off for our first Forum on Women and Girls, Melissa Harris-Perry, the consummate professor said: “I believe everything is a curriculum problem.” We thought we’d take her lead and offer a list of great readings to follow up on just a few of the many questions that were raised during our wide-ranging, powerful kick-off panel:  morenext

#WomenForward Kicks Off: Best Quotes and Questions

Tonight, The Aspen Institute kicked off its first-ever Forum on Women and Girls, and what a night. The first panel of the forum, The State of Play: Women’s Rights and Economic Justice, brought a lot of engaging conversation and heat to the room, between discussions about work and choice (or a lack thereof) to questions around how to be a meaningful ally.   morenext

Work It: 2Gen Strategies for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Ascend Network leaders in workforce development, adult education, policy, and philanthropy have considered these questions and came up with the following strategic recommendations for leveraging the WIOA state planning process to achieve the best outcomes for parents and their families.  morenext

My Past, My Present, My Future


An Ascender in Residence’s Reflections on Taking Pause and Re-Igniting One’s Vision

Two-generation, whole family coverage is no longer wishful thinking – it’s right ahead of us if we are forward-thinking and disciplined enough to make it happen.  morenext

Moving from the Margins to Mainstream

In the United States, the pediatric setting is the only universally accessed health system for families and a tremendous opportunity to incorporate two-generation strategies. 96 percent of families take their children to the pediatrician, often multiple times a year for well check visits before the age of two. From employing literacy-based approaches to co-locating parent and child services, innovative thinkers have begun to better integrate two generation approaches into the pediatrician's office and reimagine the well-child visit.   morenext

The State of 2Gen: February 2016 eNews

February 2016 eNews  morenext

Beyond Report Cards


Weaving and Charting: Demographic Change in 2016

Lessons and Innovations fromt the 2Gen Field: Despite demographic shifts that have been forming for decades, old narratives continue to linger in the United States about the face of poverty, the danger of change, and the importance of investing in the next generation.   morenext

Lessons and Innovations from the 2Gen Field

In the poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," Maya Angelou talks about the two important parts of what it means to be human: the journey we take and the destination we hope to arrive at. In the two-generation movement, although the destination may still seem far off, the journey has been filled with rapid progress and success.   morenext

Family Resources for Family Results


4 Ways to Address Economic and Opportunity Inequality in the US

Read below for a sampling of how some organizations are driving conversations and developing bodies of work to address this crippling issue.  morenext

Q&A: Behavioral Science and 2Gen

Throughout 2015, Ascend is hosting a series of webinars in which we go in-depth with Network Partners and leaders in the field working in specific content areas to build evidence for two-generation solutions.  morenext

Happy Birthday Head Start!

This year marks 50 years since the creation of Head Start, a national commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing at-risk children and their families comprehensive early learning programs. I am a proud Head Start alumnus, and if ever a tale can be told about the meaningful and transformative power of a program designed to give vulnerable children a head start in the race toward the future, my story is it.  morenext

2Gen and ACE: Using the Survey for Whole Family Impact

The National Crittenton Foundation released the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Survey Toolkit. The toolkit comes on the heels of a growing body of research on ACEs, which reveals that traumatic childhood events such as abuse, neglect and household dysfunction can have lifelong implications on health and well-being.  morenext

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